Lysander Adams was born in Boston, Erie County, N.Y., twenty miles south of Buffalo, on December 28, 1812. He is the son of Aaron and Sylvia (Cary) Adams. The father was a native of Vermont, and a mother of the state of New York. From New York the parents emigrated to Ohio, and thence to Indiana in about 1839, and located in Franklin, Johnson County. The father died in about 1864, and the mother died in Boston, N.Y., in 1883. To the parents, six children were born, of whom our subject is the second. One child, the eldest, is dead. Our subject was reared in the state of New York, and attended the common schools. His father being a farmer, he was raised on the same. He left New York when about nineteen years of age, and went to Ohio, where he learned the shoemaker’s trade. He came to Johnson County about 1841, and located in Franklin, and engaged in the saw-mill business, and had the contract and sawed ties for the J. M. & I. R’y, from Franklin north for eight miles. He left Franklin in 1864, and moved on a farm one and one-half miles east from Franklin, where he resided until 1869, and then removed to his present farm, one-half mile north from Franklin. His farm comprises 160 acres, with two good residences, and also owns four acres of land and two good houses in Franklin. He was married on June 21, 1842, to Miss Mary A. Frady, who was born in North Carolina, on June 20, 1824, and is the daughter of Charles and Nancy Frady, both natives of North Carolina, who emigrated to Johnson County, Ind., at an early date. To this union three children have been born, two of whom are dead: Asa A., born November 21, 1844, and died September, 1846; Liston A., born May 4, 1849, and Charles A., born April 3, 1853, and died in 1870. Mrs. Adams is a Presbyterian.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 579.